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Rawene
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 11
Persons: 1 or 2 usually
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44521
Region: Far North

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Last Updated: August 16, 2019

Tena koutou katoa!
Hullo everyone!

#Warning# ;-)
We enjoy working hard and you will need to as well. We like to host people who are interested in our way of life. We do most things by hand, even if it takes a while sometimes!

We CURRENTLY have lots of fencing,tree planting, gardening, wood chopping.and some building work to do. We are looking for help through winter with gardening and turning trees into firewood.
There will be some orchard maintenance too as well as the usual stuff we try to do!
Experience with a chainsaw would be great, but not essential.

Cooking is on a wood stove, we have a solar panel, no machinery other than a chainsaw, no internet, cellphone reception is limited, no washing machine, no flush toilet. So be warned, it's not everyone's cup of tea! If that sounds okay, read on...

We are Amandine, Tyler, 36 and 33 years old and our daughter Rosalie (born in sept 2016). Amandine works at the hospital as a casual and at home I make cheese, look after kitchen pets and plant seeds compulsively. Tyler trains horses and works in forestry and various other things but our farm and gardens are our main priority.

We are currently have a lots of fencing, gardening and some building work to do. We would love some help at any stage during the spring and summer with gardening and turning trees into firewood. There will be some orchard maintenance too as well as the usual stuff we try to do! Experience with a chainsaw would be great, but not essential.
Each day we work together roughly 3 hours in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. But times and schedules are never exact and depend on things like the weather, season and crying children. Sunday is your day off and sometimes ours too.
Guest accommodation is a cosy caravan with an outdoor kitchen currently under construction. We might ask you to cook one meal each day for yourselves (with our food) but mostly we will cook and eat together. Please come with biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste etc (redseal brand is quite cheap) because our water goes back into our gardens and pastures and we don't like chemicals anyway. We can easily cater for vegetarians but vegans or other diets may need to bring some of their own food.We aim to eat mostly what we produce or gather locally.

Our property is a mix of grazing and forestry with some native bush, a swimming hole and large gardens. We don't sell our produce; we eat, store, ferment and preserve it. We also milk a cow and goat to make cheese, yogurt, butter...There is always gardening and firewood to do, and then building, fencing, forestry, and many other jobs on the list too!

We speak English, French and some Te Reo Maori, the indigenous language here.We love to share our life and work with like minded people interested in alternative/traditional life styles, self reliance, community, activism and good old fashioned manual labour.

Particular interests of ours include: Autonomy, diversity, ecology, permaculture, home schooling, eco building, earth building, animal traction (working horses), cheese, activism, seed saving, community, playing music, food security, anarchism, weaving (flax and hopefully one day willow), saucisson making, roundwood building, games, barbeque, ...

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